Updated: 05/04/2019 by Computer Hope
Lightning connector

Lightning is a proprietary type of connector designed by Apple, Inc. Introduced in September 2012, the rotationally symmetrical 8-pin Lightning connector provides power, and data at speeds of up to 500 Mbps, to select mobile and peripheral devices.


The following devices utilize a Lightning connection:


Lightning to 3.5 mm audio jack adapter

Lightning adapters are available for the following connection types:

Future support

In October 2018, Apple announced that future models of the iPad would use the USB-C connection instead of the Lightning connection.

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